Arizona governor sues Biden administrator over federal money for schools with mask mandates

Republican Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has sued President Biden’s administration, seeking to bar the White House from withholding federal funds from the state over differences in COVID-19 school policy .

“The governor’s office will not eliminate or modify (education) programs to conform to the illegal dictates of the Treasury,” the lawsuit states, according to the Arizona Republic.

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“In Arizona, our top priority is to catch up with the kids, and we’re using a wide range of resources to do that, including federal dollars allocated to our state,” Ducey said Friday.

“Make no mistake about it, we will always support families and children while protecting their right to choose an education that best suits their needs,” the governor added.

the Biden the administration has advised the state that it must stop withholding federal funding from schools with mask mandates or the department may take over $160 million in coronavirus relief money that the state has designated for schools.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich strongly rejected the administration’s threat, threatening swift legal action if pressured.

Brnovich issued a January 20 letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen after Yellen threatened, on behalf of the Biden Administration, to withhold state funds due to a difference in COVID-19 policy.

“Madam Secretary, the states created the federal government, not the other way around,” Brnovich wrote. “Unfortunately, members of the Biden administration have continually ignored this fundamental tenet of our great nation when they have proposed and enacted bureaucratic mandates and regulations harmful to individual states.”

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